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Thursday, March 12, 2015


(Sue Greenberg  Jabu Nala, Thembi Nala & Ingrid Smith)

After reading Zulu Pottery by Dr Elizabeth Perrill, Associate Professor of Art History and Print Matters press at Greensboro (University of North Carolina), collector Richard Levy expressed an interest in collecting the works of acclaimed KZN ceramic artist, Nesta Nala.

During the same period, interviews with the Nala sisters made it clear to Dr Perrill that the largest lament the Nala family has is that they hold no work by their mother. Nesta Nala’s unexpected death in 2005 and difficult financial times made it hard for the family to keep their mother’s work. Upon hearing about this very human desire to have one’s parent’s art, Levy was moved to donate three works back to Nesta Nala’s three practicing ceramist daughters.

This event came together with Artisan Gallery and Ingrid Lotter Smith undertaking to celebrate and document the return of the Nala family’s cultural patrimony and family legacy.

At a special function created to commemorate this handover at the Artisan Gallery in Durban, two ceramic pots by Nesta Nala (1940-2005) and one by Zanele Nala (1979-2006) were given back to the three remaining daughters of Nesta Nala: Thembile (Thembi), Jabulile (Jabu) and Bongiwe (Bongi).

This donation was made possible by Richard Levy of Greensboro, North Carolina and facilitated by Dr. Elizabeth Perrill (Univ. of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA), Sue Greenberg (former Artisan Gallery owner), and Ingrid Lotter Smith (current Artisan Gallery owner).

After many years of service to the South African ceramics community through the Grassroots and Bayside Gallery as well as her launching of the Artisan gallery, Sue Greenberg emigrated to Italy in 2012. For three years a portion of her remaining Nala ceramics have remained in storage.

Thembi and Jabu Nala were in attendance to receive three pots, two by their mother and one by their deceased sister Zanele

For more information contact Artisan Gallery on 031 312 4364. Contact Dr Perrill on email